For decades, ACOG has led the medical community in advocating for access to health care for women and adolescents. A core aspect of our work is working with physicians and other health care professionals to address the multiple, complex set of causes that have led to the untimely deaths of so many mothers in the United States. While the rates of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity in the United States are unacceptable, even more concerning is the stark racial and ethnic disparities in these outcomes. Non-Hispanic black women experience three to four times the rate of maternal mortality than non-Hispanic white women and disparities persist even when controlling for socioeconomic status. We acknowledge that differences in outcomes include the impact of racism and implicit bias in access and delivery of health care to women.

At ACOG, we recognize that it is critical to change the culture of medicine by addressing racism and implicit biases that contribute to racial health disparities. ACOG is committed to eliminating racial disparities in women’s health and to confronting implicit and explicit bias and racism. This means recognizing and examining our own prejudice and bias and addressing the way in which health care systems perpetuate racial inequality. It also means engaging with diverse groups of activists and advocates to foster the communication necessary to address health disparities and promote equity in health care access and delivery. We recognize this requires active listening and a commitment to working together. 

As the nation’s leading organization of physicians dedicated to the health care of women, it is also incumbent upon us to combat racism, racial bias, and achieve inclusiveness in our own professional settings, institutions, committees, councils, and leadership. We are firmly committed to doing so through concrete action and honest examination of our own practices and biases. 

We strongly encourage all health care professionals and medical organizations to join us.  

Learn More